AIGA Voices Webcasts

AIGA will always play a role in inspiring designers and illuminating the practices of interesting and successful design professionals, educators and opinion leaders. The “AIGA Voices” series of webcasts features thoughtful and influential designers—including AIGA board members—speaking about a wide range of topics.

These sessions will offer the kind of diverse and stimulating presentations associated with AIGA conferences, with one key difference: An opportunity for participants to ask questions and chat with the presenters. Everyone is welcome to attend these sessions, which are free and open to the public.

 Recently recorded sessions

Move over mad men

Recorded on January 16, 2014

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Su Mathews and Deborah Adler gave firsthand advice on achieving business success, juggling work and family, and finding inspiration in unexpected places. Watch this webcast.


Future forward: Strategic design for nonprofits

Recorded on October 31, 2013

Kim Baer is principal and founder of Los Angeles–based design studio KBDA. She developed an early interest in graphic design as a way to integrate two distinct passions: helping organizations find their voice, and celebrating the ways smart visual solutions can make people sit up and take notice. In 2004, Baer was named an AIGA Fellow by AIGA Los Angeles, in honor of her service and achievement. Watch this webcast.

How to write a book

Recorded on October 17, 2013

Nancy Collins headshotThis webcast with Nancy Sharon Collins revealed her experiences developing, proposing, writing, editing, art directing—and in many cases photographing—her critically acclaimed book. Watch this webcast.

Meaningful design

Recorded on September 26, 2013

Nathan ShedroffMost designers, especially younger designers, want to make change in the world and produce meaningful work. Meaning is an attribute like many other design elements, with a working model that can be used in design strategy as well as business strategy. In this webcast Nathan Shedroff, chair of the MBA in Design Strategy at California College of the Arts, discussed how to deliberately create more meaningful works of design. Watch this webcast.

Designing your own sustainable studio

Recorded on September 19, 2013

Deanna Kuhlmann-LeavittIn this session, webcast attendees learned how Deanna Kuhlmann-Leavitt and her partners at  Kuhlmann Leavitt, Inc.—a multi-disciplinary St. Louis-based firm known for its work in print, new media and the built environment—turned a 1920s building into a solar powered, geo-thermal, rain garden adorned, responsible studio. Watch this webcast.

Savage thinking

Recorded on May 23, 2013

Tooms headshot Now is a critical time for designers to change their approach. By combining head, heart and hand, we have the opportunity to make our designs more impactful and enriching to our audiences. This is more than just designing for good; it’s about designing with purpose.

In this webcast, Robin Tooms and Ashley Rundall of Savage Design shared how designers can learn the principles of “Savage Thinking” and move toward more purposeful design. Watch this webcast.

What comes next after school?

Recorded on May 16, 2013

Ethan Bodnar headshot In this webcast, Ethan Bodnar talked about interviewing, getting your portfolio seen, internships, developing your personal brand, questions to keep in mind, setting goals for yourself and more. At the end of the webcast, Ethan hosted a Q+A session and shared additional resources with attendees. Watch this webcast.

Listening. Knowing. Creating.

Recorded on April 18, 2013

Calvano headshot 75x75In this webcast, director of Merck Global Creative Studios Bob Calvano shared firsthand experience of turning a request to “hang a few pictures” into a new global service offering that is getting the attention of the C-suite and winning industry awards. Attendees of this webcast learned more about the importance of evoking emotions, how to make meaningful connections through physical and digital experiences, and how to listen for—and pounce on—new opportunities in their design career. Watch this webcast.

Graphic design: Now in production

Recorded on April 17, 2013

“Graphic Design: Now in Production” is a traveling exhibition on contemporary graphic design organized by Andrew Blauvelt, chief of communications and audience engagement and curator of architecture and design at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. This webcast explored how designers are seizing control over production to realize new creative projects, as graphic design expands from a specialized profession into a more popular and widely deployed tool. Watch this webcast.  

Engineering Passion: How Kimberly-Clark drives growth through design

Recorded on March 19, 2013  

Rieth headshot 75x75Through her work at both Kimberly-Clark and the Campbell Soup Company, Darralyn Rieth has led a sea change, bringing design and innovation to the forefront of their corporate cultures. This webcast took a look at how design can drive innovation, support brands, solve business problems and drive growth within companies. Watch this webcast.

Products of design

Recorded on February 28, 2013

Allan Chochinov, national AIGA board member, partner of Core77 and chair of the new MFA in Products of Design at the School of Visual Arts in New York City gave a webcast about the graduate program. Watch this webcast.  

Global zoom: Managing design in the age of globalism

Recorded on February 19, 2013  

LiechtyChristopher Liechty, partner at Culture3, LLC and two-time AIGA Fellow, shared practical tips for managing global brands and creating global campaigns. The key issue is to imagine that you have a “zoom lens” that allows you to change your focus from global to local. Watch this webcast.  

Out of your skin: Understanding culture and difference

 Recorded on February 12, 2013  

LiechtyChristopher Liechty, partner at Culture3, LLC and two-time AIGA Fellow, guided attendees through the process of discovering the fundamental differences between cultures. In the process, Christopher was anticipating that the webcast attendees might begin to see their own culture in ways that may be uncomfortable. Watch this webcast.